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Basic Trope: The villain attacks during a party.

  • Straight: Bob is attacked by Alice at his birthday party.
  • Exaggerated:
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  • Downplayed: A fight breaks out at Bob's party when he has an argument with Alice.
  • Justified:
    • The party was the perfect time to attack while everyone was distracted.
    • The party is a huge media event, and terrorists target it so that the public will be freaked out.
    • The attack is an assassination attempt, and the assassins know full well that the target of the assassination will be at the party and off guard.
    • The attack is a mass assassination attempt, and the assassins know that at the party, all their targets will be present and off guard.
  • Inverted: Bob prevents Alice from attacking him by going to a public place (namely a large party).
  • Subverted:
    • Alice wasn't attacking; she was in on a surprise everyone set up for Bob.
    • Alice creates a minor disturbance while bypassing Bob's party on her way to attack someone else whom Bob cares about.
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  • Double Subverted: ...which Alice exploited to sneak in her minions.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Alice turns up to intimidate Bob, but it isn't immediatly clear if it's going to turn into a brawl or she'll leave after making her point.
  • Averted: Bob doesn't attend any parties which are at risk of being attacked.
  • Enforced: The writers want an excuse to dress everyone up, but the executives still demand a battle of some sort to occur.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: Bob makes sure Alice hears about the party so he can spend the evening battling her forces instead of giving an awkward speech.
  • Exploited: Bob holds a party in order to use himself as bait to lure Alice out into the open.
  • Defied: Bob holds his party in a secure location and has the Hero Secret Service keep it that way.
  • Discussed: "When are we attacking, Alice?" "As soon as the party begins."
  • Conversed: "A know they'll end up fighting while dressed up."
  • Deconstructed: Bob is too afraid to celebrate his birthday in case Alice attacks while all his friends and family are in one convenient place.
  • Reconstructed: Being brave enough to defy Alice by holding it becomes the defining moment of his struggle against her.
  • Played for Laughs: The attack is just one of several disasters that afflict the party.
  • Played for Drama: The attack on his party serves as a reminder of how hard it is for Bob to have a normal life.

This playing with entry's getting a bit tense, maybe you should get back to Ballroom Blitz before- *CRASH* ...too late.

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